Nation: Impeach Douglas?

With the air of Carry Nation axing a saloon, House Republican Leader Gerald Ford last week launched a crusade to expel Justice William O. Douglas from the Supreme Court. Most observers assume that Ford wants to impeach Douglas as a reprisal for Richard Nixon's two Senate defeats in the Haynsworth and Carswell cases. Legal scholars doubt that Douglas' unconventional views and behavior come remotely close to grounds for impeachment. But Douglas is vulnerable to criticism on many grounds.

In a 90-minute House speech, Ford reviewed Douglas' nine-year association with the Albert Parvin Foundation,...

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